Corona La Familiar - Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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BA SCORE
67
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168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 19.72%
Wants: 5
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Damian74Shensky on 12-30-2012

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Ratings: 168 | Reviews: 26
Reviews by Bouleboubier:
Photo of Bouleboubier
2.87/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yeah, I'm with "wattoclone". I don't know who came up with Vienna Lager and 6% here. I was actually excited for a sec before opening the bottle. Both factors need to be reviewed/changed up above. No info on the Modelo site.

A lot of head forms with each pour (filled a pilsner glass about 4 times). The liquid is one of the palest, dull yellows I've ever seen, crystal clear. The head drops out in seconds, no lace. There's something dominant in the aroma that comes off as either Tupperware or a wet ball of corn masa in a Tupperware container.

One taste and, I'll admit, I could tell instantly it's straight Corona (Extra, specifically). The flavors include pilsner malt with just a kiss of corn meal (DMS) and a vague apple juice taste and tannicity (hey, that's actually a word!). Could be worse. Could be Corona in the clear bottle. The mouthfeel is about what you'd expect - bit of a light, rounded body up front, shifting over to a mild carbonic sizzle, and finishing off fairly dry... though, combined with the bland corn dough flavor, a slight feeling of having licked the inside of a six-pack holder lingers on the tongue.

Fine for what it is. Was an adequate beverage to go with that greasy burrito de pollo..

More User Reviews:
Photo of wattoclone
3.13/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

There is some debate about the difference between Corona Extra and Familiar so I had to try a bottle. Although it does taste fresher, it does not taste like a Vienna style lager and the brown bottle could impact the flavor. The label did state 6% abv, but according to the local distributor website, Origlio Beverage, Familiar is 4.6% abv, the same as Extra packaged in a larger bottle (http://www.origlio.com/crown.php). Since I am an organic chemist with access to analytical techniques I checked it out in the lab and found it is in fact a little less than 5% abv, not 6% as listed on the bottle and here at BA. Thus it is most likely the same product as Corona Extra. In any case it does taste fresher than Extra but comes at a price higher than I am willing to shell out for a beer of this level of flavor. I will likely never buy it again.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.08/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I used to have to roll into Tijuana to score this beer. I guess now that said place is more dangerous than a ruffies and viagra party, they decided to bring it across the border. Still in the 32oz quart bottle, and brown.

Pours straw yellow clear, but actually forms a little wispy white head that obliterates itself rather quickly. Aroma was mildly grainy, I think all the heavy carbonation got in my nose and made it itchy like I needed to sneeze, as if I had snorted some Alka-Seltzer.

Taste was full of corn and metal, like some cheesy band with a fake scary flyer. I think if you take a regular corona, some mineral water, and a sam adams light, blend them together, you get this beer. I think you can get a little more alcohol taste to it, its better than any other Corona I've ever had, and hey, you don't have to drink as much of it to get a buzz. Lawnmower or memory road stuff at best.

Photo of CloudStrife
2.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

32oz bottle poured into a nonic glass. Bottled Nov, 15, 2012.

A: Pours a very light yellowish gold with a bubbly one finger head. Clear body with tons of visible carbonation. Head dissipates in a minute or two.

S: A mix of stale bread and corn. Not too exciting. Would recommend adding some limes.

T: Little more well rounded then the typical Corona. A bit more sweet corn malts. More of a lager than the Extra. Flavor is a bit subdued but remains inoffensive.

M: A bit heavier on the body than the original, medium with average carbonation. A bit of creaminess for a lager but not too much. May be stronger but just as easy to drink.

Overall it has a bit more flavor than the Extra. Still works well with some limes which I added on the 2nd half.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.21/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - BIg growler-type bottle caught my eye in the gas station beer fridge. Pale yellow, slight fizz around the collar. Looks like Mexican beer.

S - MIneral notes of nickel and copper. Smells like a Mexi-lager brewed with well water and a bit more hops than is typical.

T - Fuller in flavor than "normal" Corona. Grains, corn, mineral notes. Quite a bit more hop than other brews from south of the border.

M - Light-medium in body. Definitely still a thirst-quencher, but a tad heavier in body. Although it's not dark, it reminds me of Negra Modelo in it's mouthfeel and body, and it shares some of those "suckin' on a penny" mineral notes.

I really thought that this was regular Corona in a really cool quart-sized bottle, and I bought it purely for the novelty factor. Turns out that this is like Corona-plus. A more medium bodied and much more flavorful lager. Maybe should be under the Vienna Lager style here on BA?

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.45/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

32 oz brown bottle poured into pint glass.

has a more robust fuller flavor then Corona extra.
Little darker then Corona extra.
Smells the same.
I think it might be Corona Extra just stored in the brown bottle changes the taste. Its not bad will have again.

Photo of beastmammoth
3.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White head on top a yellow body - head sticks around for a while and laces the glass. Looks pretty great. Extra points for one of my favorite bottles, the 32 oz jug.

Light, pleasantly metallic aroma, not getting any of the adjunct off flavors, like the nasty creamed corn.

Surprisingly hoppy, just enough to prick the taste buds. A nice balance.

Crazy drinkable, could go through a couple of these babies.

My go-to refreshing brew, no lime necessary.

Photo of KYGunner
2.57/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was sitting in a Mexican grocery, eating a tripe and tongue taco and noticed this in the cooler. I figured I would enhance the experience by drinking a "real" Mexican beer. No glass to serve it in, I drank it straight from the 32 ounce bottle, hence the higher score in appearance. The nose and flavor is straight rice with a hint of barley graininess. After I poured a little lime juice in it, the flavor did improve but the base beer is poor and weak. It served the purpose as its light character helped to extinguish the habenero spiciness but I wouldn't bother to drink it again.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 32 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, yellow straw colored with a short white head that vanishes leaving no lacing, clear

S: not much, corn, grass, grain

T: clean malt up front, slightly sweet up front, finishes drier with a slight hop bitterness, has a nice mineral water quality

M: light and refreshing with lively carbonation

O: much better than Corona Extra, brown bottle keeps the skunk out

Photo of SometimesIfart
2.82/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very clear yellow with a decent sized white head. Left no lacing.

S - Aluminum, copper. Just metal in general.

T - Corn. Lots and lots of corn. Rice adjunct, some cooked veggies. Doesn't have the skunkyness that regular corona has.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Overall, It was alright. Definitely not a vienna lager. But it's better than regular corona by a long shot!

Photo of RayHolly
3.83/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the more underrated Gas station Beers.

I sat there and sifted through the general selection of headache medicine. The Coors lites, the watered down imports, the O-G forties, and my mind wandered to something homely. I needed something homely.

"Familiar" it's called, gives it a homely feel when you grasp it in your palm. I was looking for something "Homely" to drink, and something that wouldn't give me a headache. I will tell you, this is a long cry from it's skunkier cousin, Corona Extra.

This was it. The taste? Pretty good. It's got a lager corn .. slight wheaty.. fruity..- Zero skunk. I would even say, slightly delicious.

Sometimes Microbrew nuts get crazy with hops and alcohol leaving you with a migraine, this is one brown bottle of brew that will leave your stomach settled and a nice buzz to wash down with any meaty concoction.

Me? Corndogs, ham and cheese. But I'm sure this would have done any Tacos or Burrito plate Justice.

Quite delightful.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.85/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass from a quart bottle.

Look: Clear straw yellow. Fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing whatsoever.

Aroma: A sweet grassiness about it. Faint grains, malts.

Taste: Sweetness and subtle grains. It is not skunky at all due to the brown bottle. Sweet from malted barley.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. Dry.

Overall: Actually, despite the low rating, this is pretty drinkable compared to Corona Extra. It's certainly no worse than any other Adjunct Lager out there.

Photo of IGOTASIXPACK
2.92/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

32 oz bottle 711 $3. Corona familiar feels like a familiar old friend. Sweet, easy, smooth, she doesn't let you down. Don't expect much and she may wow you.... Hell I don't mind a friend spotting me with her. Mmmmmm

Photo of never_made_soccer_player
3.16/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a great beer on a hot afternoon. it is available at most drug stores (cvs etc), 7-eleven and liquor stores for about $3.75.
great taste while it's ice chilled and pretty damn average aftertaste. best mexican beer alongside with pacificos

Photo of flagmantho
2.69/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from huge quart bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: well, it's definitely not a Vienna lager as the description says. Based on look alone, I'd say we're looking at regular old Corona here. Light yellow hue with no haze and a light effervescence; head dissipated so quickly you might say there was none.

Smell: sweet and light; pretty clean and not super adjunct-y. You could do a lot worse.

Taste: much like the aroma, I'm getting sweet malt with a hint of grain. Pretty clean, actually, if not particularly flavorful.

Mouthfeel: light body with a fizzy effervescence. Not precisely insipid, but not much going on here.

Overall: pretty darn drinkable. The lack of adjunct off-flavors makes me think this isn't a normal adjunct lager (although, again, it's *definitely* not a Vienna lager). For beers that you buy at the gas station in a quart bottle, it's actually not bad.

Photo of Mr_Anderson
3.34/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a quart bottle to a glass.

Appearance: Light golden color with about a 2 finger head of foam.

Color: Golden brown with a glisten of yellow.

Smell: Everything expected of a Mexican beer, such as a faint metallic smell combined with a scent of fresh hops.

Taste: Tastes almost exactly like a Corona Extra with the exception of a slightly stronger alcohol flavor. The bottle cap also reads "Corona Extra''.

Overall: I wouldn't drink more than one of these like I would a bucket of Corona Extra, but the flavor and appearance was definitely appreciated. Seems like it'd be a great beer to drink to have when relaxing and barbequing in the Summer.
-Cheers, Mr. Anderson.

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.93/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A corona in a larger version with amber bottle that protects the beer, better than usual corona in a transparent bottle.

Photo of Mike_Moe
2.55/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Light straw color, small short lasting blond head.
Aroma: This beer does not much aroma.
Flavor: Not much flavor. This beer is very light bodied, non-hoppy, harsh taste with bitter finish.
Overall: Looks and smells like Corona Extra. This beer, however, as a slightly harsher taste than the Extra. This brew is inferior to Corona Extra.

Photo of BierStein711
3.32/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

32 ounce bottle poured into mug; no limes were involved in the consumption of this beer.

Fast reducing two finger off-white head. Massive carbonation impressive.

Smells: Grassy with wet grain

Taste: Biscuity malt, with cereal taste, but this beer has a smoky finish that distinguishes it from Corona Extra

Mouthfeel: thin, but not as thin as some.

Overall, this is a good thirst quencher. Yet, I'd choose Bohemia or some other Mexican beer if I'm needed a fast cold one on a hot day.

Photo of brocktune
1.72/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Pale in color, little flavor.

Photo of BeerBob
3.34/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Corona Familiar pours a golden light amarillo from a dark brown 32 FL.OZ glass bottle with a pry off cap that has "Corona Extra" printed on top. Head goes to well over 2 fingers before slowly dropping to a full foam carpet with well laced sides of my 24 Oz Pilsener glass.

Nose is of damp grains, barley and maze, and a whiff of alcohol.

Palate is a delicate and dry, lightly bittered, malted grain with the bight of carbonation.

Altogether, a well done offering to a market, that in my humbled opinion, is over hoped with hops, as in Lager's now tasting like IPA's, and that is just wrong...

P.S.

This is not a Vienna, but an American Lager.
This is not a 6.00 % ABV but only a 4.60% ABV.
At first I thought that the balance was outstanding for a 6.00% brew, only to find out that I was dealing with a 4.60% brew, big difference in consideration for taste profile, and overall rating.

To get a 6.00% to be as smooth as a 4.60% takes some doing, to get a 4.60% to taste like a 4.60% is like falling off a log.

I have made the appropriate adjustments in the score.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.44/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 4/15/14. Comes in a single Quart (32 ounce) bottle, which most grocery & liquor stores carry and have seen this for a while but never tried it. Costs about $2.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees and poured into my vintage Falstaff glass chalice goblet.

Pours a golden yellow in color and is darker than they regular 'Corona Extra' that you see all the time. Has a good 1-finger white head that settles down quickly to just around the sides of the glass. Some spotty lacing is seen but not a lot. The aroma is typical of a Mexican beer with just some grains and hops. Nothing that stands out really. Tastes pretty much like a regular "Corona Extra' with a higher alcohol content with a sweeter slightly dry finish. Overall all is was OK.

Photo of jzlyo
2.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Decent enough, better than regular Corona, would do in a pinch.

Photo of Phigg1102
2.08/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Pretty watery and light on any kind of flavor.

Photo of Chucker17
3.17/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had it at an authentic Mexican restaurant - I thought it was great with my food. Better than regular Corona. Its all about timing!

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Corona La Familiar from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
67 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.